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I recently discovered a great new service brought to you by Google. If you're tired of paying to call 411, this is a perfect alternative. It's called GOOG-411 and it's free! All you have to do is dial 1-800-GOOG-411 from you phone. For all you BlackBerry users it's 1-800-466-4411. You can access the service from a mobile phone or a land line. It's also voice activated, so you don't have to press any numbers on your keypad if your driving or busy doing something else. It's very simple, just say where you're looking and what you're looking for. The service will then connect you directly with the business you've selected. To find out more about GOOG-411 and how simple it really is, click here. ... (more)

One of the COOLEST videos!

You're not going to believe this! Whether you're a Formula 1 racing fan or not, this video will definitely capture your attention. It starts with a couple die hard Lewis Hamilton fans that worked on a side project where they placed a bluetooth receiver in an RC car and controlled the car with a BlackBerry Storm cell phone. When Lewis Hamilton's F1 team caught wind of this, they recreated this process in a real Formula One race car. You have to see this to believe it! By the way, there are less than 15 days left before the official start of the Formula One racing season. ... (more)

First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

We first heard about the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit in February. If you still have some questions about the program or the requirements, the below video should clear them up. If you still have questions or need clarification on something, please don't hesitate to call or email me today. You can also view an earlier post where I provided some FAQs regarding the credit. ... (more)

Now is the time to buy!

In an earlier post I gave my opinion on why now is the right time to buy. The question was posed recently to the bankrate debt advisor in their FAQ forum. Read more ... (more)

New Home Appraisal Rule - Effective May 1st

As of May 1st, the new home appraisal rule, formally known as the Home Valuation Code of Conduct, went into effect. Home Valuation Code of Conduct Highlights: Consumers cannot order an appraisal directly from the appraiser.Mortgage brokers cannot be involved directly in selecting an appraiser.Lenders must order appraisals through an appraisal-management company or an employee not involved in loan origination.Lenders are allowed to own the appraisal-management company they use.There is an exception for small banks that can't afford to hire a management company or separate staff to ... (more)